Morales set season records of 25 pinch hits and 78 pinch at-bats in 1976 and ranks
third all-time with 123 pinch hits and fifth with 445 pinch at-bats. He led his league
three times each in pinch hits and pinch at-bats. He hit .323 in 1978 to lead AL
DHs in batting, and he hit .300 five times overall, but never had more than 242 at-bats
in a season. A catcher in the minors, he led four leagues in errors and didn't make
the majors until his tenth pro season.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 5, 1978: The Twins Dan Ford costs his team a run during a 4–3 loss to the White Sox. On 3B when a teammate singles, Ford backpedals homeward, signaling Jose Morales to follow him home. Morales arrives there ahead of Ford, who is out for being passed on the bases.